+3.9 on previous index reading
The Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse came in at 92.8 in January 2018. The index, which combines the results of the Consumer and Business Pulses, was up 3.9 on December but broadly unchanged on last January.
A general improvement in sentiment took the Consumer Pulse to a two year high this month. Households also tend to be more upbeat about the buying climate when the post-Christmas sales are underway and this was the case again this year.
On the business side, the Industry, Services and Construction Pulses were up on the month though the Retail Pulse was a bit softer.